Ionic Box is a ready-to-go hybrid development environment for building mobile apps with Ionic, Cordova, and Android. Ionic Box was built to make it easier for developers to build Android versions of their app, and especially for Windows users to get a complete dev environment set up without all the headaches.
For iOS developers, Ionic Box won't do much for you right now unless you are having trouble installing the Android SDK, and Ionic Box cannot be used for iOS development for a variety of legal reasons (however, the
ionic package command in beta will soon fix that).
Once Vagrant and VirtualBox are installed, you can download the latest release of this GitHub repo, and unzip it.
cd into the unzipped folder and run:
$ vagrant up $ vagrant ssh
The username for vagrant is
vagrant and the password is
This will download and install the image, and then go through the dependencies and install them one by one.
vagrant ssh will connect you to the image and give you a bash prompt. Once everything completes, you'll have a working box to build your apps on Android.
Connected Android Devices
The image also has support for connected USB Android devices. To test whether devices are connected, you can run (from the box):
$ sudo /home/vagrant/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/adb devices
If that does not work, or shows
????? permissions, then run:
sudo /home/vagrant/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/adb kill-server sudo /home/vagrant/android-sdk-linux/platform-tools/adb start-server
We are testing a pre-built Vagrant cloud image which should be faster than using the Vagrantfile method above. To try it, create a folder where you want to init your dev environment (a great place for this would be in the project folder of your app). Then run:
$ vagrant init drifty/ionic-android $ vagrant up
If you try this method and it works or you encounter issues, please comment on issue #7.